Senior Backend Engineer (Vertical Ads)

  • Tokyo
  • No Remote
  • Full-time
  • July 1, 2024
Apply from Anywhere 👍
Relocation to Japan 👍
(Overseas visa sponsorship supported)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Business Level
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

About SmartNews

SmartNews is a global leader in redefining information and news discovery, committed to providing users with accurate, timely information and supporting quality journalism. We combine the power of our unique machine-learning technology with the expertise of our first-rate editorial team to bring news that matters to millions of users from our over 3,000 global publishing partners.

Founded in 2012 in Tokyo, Japan, SmartNews has offices in Tokyo, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, and Singapore.


The Team

The SmartNews Ads Division has many teams, together we build systems that find the best interests among the 3 parties: our users, advertisers, publishers and SmartNews. 

Vertical Ads Team is responsible for building and optimizing vertical product solutions such as branding ads, dynamic ads, and more. Branding ads are high-quality, visually compelling ads crafted to enhance brand visibility and recognition.


The Role

In this role, you will collaborate closely with engineers, product managers, and sales from different regions. Your role involves laying the foundational groundwork through our focus on architecture and other core engineering tasks to support better feature engineering. We highly value curiosity and a proactive mindset, as you will have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and take ownership. We encourage engineering-driven initiatives to accelerate product growth further.

You will also work with exciting teams from JP and the US, where you can shape the future of new products by building and iterating on solutions while prioritizing scalability, performance, reliability, security, and other essential engineering practices.


Your Reponsibilities

  • You'll make a strong partnership with product teams to build the next generation of SmartNews Brand Ads & Dynamic Ads Product
  • You’ll question the current solution, propose improvements then realize them with the team
  • You'll Work on end to end stack of ad-platform including serving, bidding and optimization



Minimum requirements

  • Fluent in any of the following languages: Java, Kotlin, Golang, C++
  • Fluent in using Kafka, Redis, SQL and Cassandra
  • Deep understanding in batching and streaming data processing
  • Experienced in CICD
  • Experienced in microservice powered by container technology such as Docker and Kubernetes


Nice to have experiences/skills

  • Language ability: Golang, TypeScript, Python, SQL
  • Db experience: Cassandra, DynamoDb and MongoDb
  • Engineering experience: migrate on-prem system onto cloud
  • Industry experience: Digital Advertising Technology



Benefits available at the SmartNews Tokyo Office

  • Lunch and snacks prepared daily in our on-site kitchen facility
  • In-office coffee stand offering single-origin coffees, espresso-based beverages, teas, and other seasonal drinks
  • SmartSelect, our support program for employee self-development, well-being, and productivity
  • All healthcare and social insurance required by the Japanese labor law


Visa Sponsorship and Relocation Support

  • Work visa sponsorship is available for candidates who meet eligibility requirements
  • To support a smooth transition for candidates who are moving to Japan from overseas, SmartNews partners with a travel service provider

Recently crowned Japan's latest tech unicorn, this company runs a wildly successful news service that’s powered by machine learning. It's an engineering-focused company (One of co-founders is an engineer) and they have offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Beijing that are apparently doing quite well too.

The mission of SmartNews is to discover and deliver quality stories to the world. Since its inception in 2012, the SmartNews app has been downloaded over 50 million downloads and maintained a monthly active user count of over 20 million.

In addition to being one of the most popular smartphone apps in Japan, SmartNews has worked hard on building their business in the US. They now have partnerships with over 300 major news publications in the US like CBS, Entertainment Weekly, Business Insider, National Geographic and more. They’ve had a great deal of success due to their ML-based sorting and recommendation systems.

SmartNews has a highly diverse development team with many world-class engineers and others working from their offices in Japan,China and the US. They maintain a very strict hiring bar for technical hires and an engineering-driven culture that makes them one of the strongest tech companies in Japan when it comes to technical skill level.

SmartNews is looking to hire the best people regardless of background, so they’re willing to hire people that don’t speak Japanese and (under normal circumstances) bring them to Japan from overseas if necessary. Everyone works together as one team regardless of location, and SmartNews provides everything their employees need to do their best work and maintains a Silicon Valley-inspired culture for engineers in Tokyo.

SmartNews's policies during COVID-19 are as follows:

  • All interviews are being conducted remotely
  • Employees are working remotely following the government’s instructions
  • They've given everyone some monetary incentive to support working from home
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